House of the Day

I always admire this Mt. Pleasant house from the front but just realized it has an equally exceptional side. I also always forget why some end unit row houses are able to have multiple windows and some aren’t allowed any.

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  • That’s actually an excellent question, re: windows in end-houses. Ours has a completely flat wall on the outside, and maybe 3 windows along the whole top apartment (for the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room, no less). I’ve always wondered why not more, when it could have so much light…

  • It can depend on how the bulding sits on the property line and what the adjoing property is, or was when the house was built. If your house is right on the property line, and the lot next door is a buildable piece of land, then you wouldn’t build windows because the owner has the right to build to the property line too, and would block all your windows. End houses on an alley wouldn’t have this problem since the alley is unbuildable. Even if the alley were closed by the city, typically half of the width would be given to your neighbor and half to you, so you’d have some space between your windows and the neighbor’s wall.

    One other reason for no windows is standardization – if a developer is building a whole row of houses, it can be easier to omit the windows on the end unit rather than come up with a new design. Not necessarily the best business decision, but it would make life easier.

  • It’s because the house has designed to look into Rock Creek Park. When the was built, it was the last house on the block. The east side was made so another house could be joined. The adjoining house was built several years later.

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